Roy Weldon Rogers went to meet his Heavenly Father on December 16, 2020.
Roy was born in rural Richland, Iowa on July 7, 1926 to Curtis C. and Beulah L. (Harris) Rogers.
He graduated from Pleasant Plain High School in 1943. He grew up on his farm southeast of Richland and was involved in agriculture nearly all his life. He planted his first crops in 1944 and took over the farm work from his Dad, Curtis, and remained a farmer until he harvested his last crop in 2013, his 70th year of farming. He lived in Clay Township his entire life.
On July 7, 1946, he married Edith “Marie” Rogers who predeceased him in September 1990. They were both lifetime members of the Pleasant Plain Friends Church.
Roy enjoyed spending lots of hours on his tractor. He loved to fish and hunt and took many grandchildren and spouses and great-grandchildren with him over the years. In 1998 he got his first ten-point buck. He and Marie had traveled the United States extensively as well as Canada. In his earlier farming days, he enjoyed raising cattle, hogs and sheep. He was part of the planning for Lake Darling watershed program. He showcased his farming conservation from 1947 for the entire time he farmed. He also loved to sing which he did until a couple of weeks before his death. In 2019 he appeared in the Fairfield History series entitled “A Place to Grow”, the Evolution of Farming in Fairfield, Iowa. His solo of “Home on the Range” proved his vocal ability at age 93. Another highlight was meeting, Clarence Sly “Roy Rogers” King of the Cowboys in 1991 when daughter, Jean drove him to Victorville, CA. Arrangements were made to meet him at his museum in Victorville.
Roy is survived by his daughter, Jean White of Mesa, AZ and son, Mark (Caralee) Rogers of Douds, Iowa and daughter-in-law, Rosanne Rogers of Fairfield, IA. Grandchildren are Brian (Pamela) White of Lafayette, IN, Lori (Gino) Chamalbide of Chandler, AZ and Michael (Virginia) White of Herzliya, Israel. Brent (Renee) Rogers of Ottumwa, Iowa, Anita (Chad) McCue of Lexington, IL, Curtis (LaShai) Rogers of Packwood, Iowa, and Andy (Brittany) Rogers of Packwood, Iowa. Jaime (Thad) Martin of Batavia, Iowa, Jerry Rogers of Gilbert AZ, and Jacob Rogers of Douds, Iowa
Roy’s seventeen Great Grandchildren are Angelina White, Connor and Caitlin Chamalbide, Ayva and Madison White, Cyrus and Hannah Rogers, Cole, Gray, Eva, and Camden McCue, Weston and Owen Rogers, Mackenzie and Cale Martin, and Kiera and Raegan Rogers.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marie; son, Daniel in November 2020 and brother and his wife, Eldon (Eloise) Rogers.
Memorials can be made to Pleasant Plain Friends Church or American Macular Degeneration Foundation. Memorials may be mailed to Jean White, 11158 East Onza Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85212.
A Celebration of Life will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 2, 2021, at Pleasant Plain Friends Church with Frosty VanVoorst officiating. There will be visiting with the family in the church basement immediately following the service and light refreshments and beverage will be served. Wear masks if you want.
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